Thursday, March 12, 2009

How It's Done

If only Washington DC operated this way.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The economy appeared to be on the minds of many Granite Staters who turned out at Town Meetings Tuesday night to vote on crucial spending, from budgets to new projects.

Voters said no to budget increases in nearly every category, forcing many towns to operate leaner than they have before.

The next time you hear some idiot from Massachusetts tell you how much New Hampshire sucks because we have high property tax rates here, kindly refer them to this article and my words below.

It's not rocket science, people.

Local property taxes are collected locally and spent locally. Spending is voted on at the local level. Don't want to pay higher taxes? Get your friends and neighbors together and vote against higher spending.

When taxation and spending are dealt with at the local level, out of the reach of career politicians in a fancy building 100 miles away, it is the people who have the final say as to how much money gets taken out of their wallets, and how that money is spent to best serve the community.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have states like Massachusetts, where the amount of money the state takes away from you is determined by lawmakers who care more about acting in the best interest of their wealthy, special interest campaign donors than they care about doing what's best for the people whose money they are spending.

To surrender control of your tax dollars to a bureaucratic, centralized government is to surrender your freedom of choice. It's ironic (though entirely non-surprising), that it's overwhelmingly "progressive" Democrats - the self-professed defenders of "choice" - who advocate for such a tyrannical system of government funding.

No thanks.

I'll take the New Hampshire way any damn day of the week, and do everything in my power to keep it intact.

Live free or die, baby.